The Oregon bakery that made news after it refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding has closed after legal battles left the business financial devastated, according to a Christian news site.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have shut down their bakery, according to the store’s Facebook page.
‘We have closed Sweet Cakes. We appreciate everyone’s continued prayer and support,’ the post said.
CNS News reported that the couple was left ‘financially crippled’ following their legal battler with Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
In 2013, the Kleins refused to make a cake for the Bowman-Cryers when they discovered the wedding was for a same-sex couple.
Rachel had previously purchased a cake for her mother’s sixth wedding – a ‘raspberry fantasy cake’ – and wanted the same one for her own wedding, the Oregonian reported.
The bakers said their refusal was prompted by religious beliefs, causing them to become the face of the ‘religious liberties’ movement.
When Rachel Bowman-Cryer told Aaron Klein it would be two brides on top of the cake, he replied: ‘I think we may have wasted your time. We don’t do same-sex weddings.’
After being denied, the Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the newspaper reported.
In 2015, the Kleins paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages – after refusing to do so for nearly six months.